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The EEA grants and Norway grants

General description

The EEA Grants and Norway grants are the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants are set up for five-year periods (having started in 1994 with the establishment of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement). For the period 2009-2014, € 1.798 billion has been set aside under the Grants.

Key areas of support

Funding is channelled through 150 programmes in the 16 beneficiary countries. Each beneficiary country agrees on a set of programmes with the donor countries, based on national needs and priorities and the scope for cooperation with other countries and specifically with the donor countries.

In the current period, environment and sustainable development is the largest sector, also targeting climate change and green industry innovation. Other key areas of support are health, education, civil society, research and scholarships, justice and social dialogue.

These grants are available for the following:

  • National and local authorities
  • NGOs and civil society organizations
  • Private and public enterprises, and public-private partnerships
  • Educational and research institutions
  • Students and educational staff

 

Priority sectors/areas relevant for HBM4EU

Environmental protection and management

 

Relevant programs

  • Capacity-building and institutional cooperation with Norwegian public institutions, local and regional authorities
  • Environment and climate-change related research and technology
  • Environmental monitoring and integrated planning and control
  • Public health initiatives

 

More information

The funding is allocated through calls for proposals and is organized by country. Co-funding might be required. Open calls can be found on the following website: http://eeagrants.org/opencalls/search

Source: http://eeagrants.org

 

Horizon 2020

General description

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme with an amount of 80 billion of funding for the period of seven years (2014-2020). This period is divided in two-year work programmes which announce the areas which will be funded by the program.

The application process is divided in four main phases: submission of proposals, finding the partners, evaluating the experts and grant agreements.

 

Key areas of support

The participant portal announces the areas funded by the program but also the calendar for the calls for proposals. Calls can also be found on the EU’s Official Journal.

Participant portal:http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html

EU’s Official Journal: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/oj/direct-access.html

 

Priority sectors/areas relevant for HBM4EU

Out of all the Horizon 2020 projects, projects related to environment can be found under Societal Challenges: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

 

More information

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/master_calls.html

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

 

Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)

General description

This agency was created in 2005 and was formerly known as Public Health Executive Agency (PHEA) between 2005 and 2008 and Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) between 2008 and 2014. The agency’s mandate is currently prolonged until 2024 and was expanded to include actions in the field of health, consumer protection and food safety.

 

Relevant programs

CHAFEA implements the following programmes:

  • EU Health Programme
  • Consumer Programme
  • Best Training for Safer Food Initiative (BTSF)
  • Promotion of Agriculture Products Programme

 

The third health programme, which is the most relevant for environment and health issues, was published in 2014 on the Official Journal of the European Union (http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/policy_en) and has four main objectives:

  • To promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the “health in all policies” principle
  • To protect union citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • To contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems.

 

All EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Serbia can participate in the Health Programme. The total budget of the third EU health programme is 449.4 million euros and supports three different actions:

  • Projects
  • Joint actions (joint actions are co-financed by the competent authorities responsible for health in the Member States or in the third countries participating in the Programme or by public sector bodies and non-governmental bodies, mandated by those competent authorities)
  • Operation grants (the purpose is to provide financial support towards the functioning of a body in its core activities over a period of one accounting year to carry out a set of activities)

The call for projects (grants for action) is annual and can be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/projects.html

The call for joint actions is also annual and can be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/actions.html

The call for operating grants can be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/grants.html

The call for tender actions can be found on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/tenders.html

 

Third EU Health Programme

The Third EU Health Programme is the main instrument used by the EC to implement the EU Health Strategy. The budget for the programme is 449.4 million euros.

This program has four main objectives:

  • To promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the ‘health in all policies’ principle
  • To protect union citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • To contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
  • To facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens

 

The call for proposals can be found on the following link:

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal4/desktop/en/opportunities

More information

http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/about/about.html

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/about/about.htm

 

 

LIFE Programme

General description

LIFE is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. LIFE work aims to preserve the natural capital, fostering green growth and the circular economy in Europe and supporting breakthrough actions in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The LIFE (the Financial Instrument for the Environment) Regulation, published on 20 December 2013, set a budget of € 3.4 billion for the next funding period, 2014–2020.

 

Key areas of support

Legal persons (entities) registered in the European Union (EU) can present proposals for the 2017 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants.

The call for the sub-programme for Environment covers action grants for “Traditional” projects, Preparatory projects, Integrated projects, Technical Assistance projects.

For the sub-programme for Climate Action, the call covers action grants for “Traditional projects”, Integrated projects and Technical Assistance projects.

 

Priority sectors/areas relevant for HBM4EU

1. Traditional projects entail several priority areas.

Under the sub-programme for Environment: i) LIFE Nature & Biodiversity, ii) LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency, iii) LIFE Environmental Governance & Information.

Under the sub-programme for Climate Action: i) LIFE Climate Change Mitigation, ii) LIFE Climate Change Adaptation, iii) LIFE Climate Governance and Information.

 

2. Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment) address specific needs for the development and implementation of Union environmental or climate policy and legislation. The specific topics are indicated in the application guide.

 

3. Integrated projects

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Environment are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste and air, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilization of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

Integrated projects under the sub-programme for Climate Action are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities, primarily in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilization of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

 

4. Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment and sub-programme for Climate Action) provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects.

 

More information

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/life2017/

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/life-programme